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Kim Mitchell to the Max



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But fans can be fickle types and I imagine it’d be hard to please everybody in a two-hour set that pulls from three decades of hits, but he gives it his best shot all the same.

"Where ever we go, we always try and throw in a couple of the obscure tracks for the die-hards out there. I try and feed off what people say to me after the show and take that to heart when we go into rehearse the next night’s set list so it’s never the same. I’ll even ask people what they want to see live on the Web site before we arrive."

For those Canadians who may be recent imports or who led a sheltered life without radio, TV or newspapers, here’s a picture of Kim Mitchell that might help you. Think album titles like I Am A Wild Party, a greatest hits collection that summed up not only the rocker’s lifestyle but the concerts all the long-haired, ripped jeaned rockers of the last three decades were about to go to. Think energetic stage antics and eye-googling guitar work. Think songs about the good times, sung in spandex with flowing long locks.

So does he miss those days?

"In terms of my hair, I miss it period. It all fell out in my mid to late 20s. I got real self conscious about it for a long time and then one day went fuck it and shaved it all off and I’ve been a No. 1 buzz ever since. I don’t care any more," he laughed with the comfort of a man who’s walked many miles.

Just like the rest of us, Mitchell has grown up, got better and gone forward.

"I feel better now than I did when I was in my late 20s to 30s because back then I lived the life of rock ’n’ roll excess, you know – wine, women and song and eventually I was starting to turn into Elvis Presley. You need to clean up and behave yourself before it’s too late, otherwise you just turn into a big bag of poo," he warned.

While Mitchell may not be revelling in the heathen pleasures of his hey day anymore, he’s still churning out top quality albums. Okay, so they don’t have the mainstream pop rock appeal that’s needed to get on air in this era but then again, do they need to? His audience is not exactly the ones watching Much Music or listening to the local rock station anyway.